Our Annual Fall Music Festival

Our Annual Fall Music Festival

A day of music, family and sobriety Gloria Gaynor’s classic “I Will Survive,” the bane of karaoke listeners’ existence everywhere, was a hit once again at Turnbridge Foundation’s annual music festival. Paul de la Rezza and his band Scratch Happy opened with an alternative cover of the famous song, and got the crowd on their feet. Paul is a graduate of the Turnbridge program and was a resident for over a year. Today, he not only tours as a professional musician, he is employed at the Connecticut Mental Health Center working with recovering addicts. Turnbridge Founder, David Vieau, was happy to see Paul and his fellow alumni back for the music festival. “It’s great for family members of our current residents to see some of the men who have completed our program and who are now leading successful lives. It’s very positive and uplifting.” Vieau took the stage during intermission to thank the many friends, family, alumni, and current residents for helping to make the festival a success. He explained the purpose of the festival (besides rocking out, of course). “This is one of our favorite ways to give back; I especially enjoy the reactions of the family members who come to see us. In many cases this is the first time, in quite a while, in which they’re able to spend a day with their loved one sober.” The weather couldn’t have been better for a day of music, food, and reunions. Every year, Turnbridge welcomes local musicians to its stage, bringing together the alumni, current residents and their families, and even the neighbors, for a day of fun and gratitude.